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Jewish Religious Music in Nineteenth-Century America with Dr. Judah Cohen

The Jewish Music Forum, A Project of the American Society for Jewish Music

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Drawing on material in his new book Jewish Religious Music in Nineteenth-Century America: Restoring the Synagogue SoundtrackJudah M. Cohen demonstrates that Jews constructed a robust religious musical conversation in the United States during the mid- to late-19th century. While previous studies of American Jewish music history have looked to Europe as a source of innovation during this time, Cohen’s careful analysis of primary archival sources tells a different story. Far from seeing a fallow musical landscape, Cohen finds that Central European Jews in the United States spearheaded a major revision of the sounds and traditions of synagogue music during this period of rapid liturgical change.

Judah M. Cohen is the Lou and Sybil Mervis Professor of Jewish Culture and Associate Professor of Musicology at Indiana University Bloomington. He is the author of The Making of a Reform Jewish Cantor: Musical Authority, Cultural Investment and Through the Sands of Time: A History of the Jewish Community of St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands.

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Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)


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The Jewish Music Forum, A Project of the American Society for Jewish Music

The Jewish Music Forum is an organization devoted to the study of Jewish music in all of its historical and contemporary diversity. The Forum seeks to provide a new context for interdisciplinary dialogue and scholarly exchange in the growing academic field of Jewish music studies as well as to serve as a critical intellectual resource for artists, educators, and others interested in the role of music in Jewish life.
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